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Halloween weekend is coming up, and we’ve got some easy finger food recipes using Trader Joe’s frozen puff pastry and crescent rolls.  You can make these easy appetizers ahead of time, and they’re a real hoot for kids and adults alike.  Shown here are Halloweenie Mummies, Spooky Fingers, and Poofy Pumpkin Puffs.

You can use frozen puff pastry, which is available seasonally at Trader Joe’s. (Most grocers carry puff pastry in the freezer case, but we like Trader Joe’s puff pastry best.)  Or, use Trader Joe’s refrigerated crescent roll dough.  In fact, the mummies work better with crescent roll dough than puff pastry.

These ideas can be modified in endless ways.  For example, instead of using dough for the fingers, use string cheese and”glue” nail-shaped bits of veggies onto the cheese with cream cheese; no baking required.  I happened to have pumpkin-shaped cookie cutters for the pumpkin puffs, but you could use other Halloween themed shapes such as bats, ghosts, etc. and use a different filling, such as jelly or Cranberry Apple Butter. 

Halloweenie Mummies

(Adapted from Pillsbury)

Ingredients

  • Hot dogs
  • Crescent roll dough (or puff pastry sheets)
  • Mustard

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Cut dough into 1/2-inch strips. Wrap “bandages” around hot dog to cover entirely. Spread open a gap near one end for the “eyes”. I cut the hot dogs in half to create mini-mummies and used 3 strips per mummy. Place on baking sheet; line with Silpat baking mat for best results.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. Cool for a few minutes then add dots of mustard for eyes.

Spooky Fingers

(Adapted from Taste of Home)

Ingredients

  • Crescent roll dough (or puff pastry sheets)
  • Almonds (whole or sliced)
  • Egg white

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Cut dough into finger-size strips. If using puff pastry, shape the dough a bit between your fingers to create a more realistic finger shape, else you’ll end up with sharp-edged rectangles. Use egg white to glue almonds onto the tips. Place on baking sheet; line with Silpat baking mat for best results.
  3. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Poofy Pumpkin Puffs

(Adapted from Martha Stewart)

Ingredients

  • 2 puff pastry sheets
  • 1/3 cup Pumpkin Butter
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F. Mix pumpkin butter and cream cheese. Set aside.
  2. Use cookie cutters to cut dough into desired shapes.  If making pumpkins, score ridges using a sharp knife. Place on baking sheet; line with Silpat baking mat for best results.
  3. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool.
  4. Split open each pastry and spread with filling.  You can fill with plain Pumpkin Butter if desired, or any other filling.